The Adler Planetarium: WEB DEVELOPER (Ruby, Rails, JS)

Posted by | October 11, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips

Location: Chicago, IL


Introduction: The Zooniverse ( began in 2007 with a project called Galaxy Zoo ( in which members of the public were invited to help astronomers classify galaxy images by their shape. Four years later we have 10 projects and nearly 500,000 ‘citizen scientists’ helping us do real research through a web browser.
Our projects are varied; ranging from transcribing old weather records ( to tracking solar flares coming off the surface of the Sun ( Your work will be used by millions of people and you’ll be collaborating with organizations including TED, Microsoft Research and SETI.
The role: We’re looking for a developer with experience of using either Ruby on Rails or Django and with a good understanding of object oriented programming. Ideally you’ll have experience of the full life-cycle of software development and will have an opinion on your favorite testing framework. You should also know how to write clean, well-structured code you should also be able to write standards-compliant HTML and CSS.
The office & team: We’re located at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago ( and have some of the best views of the city around. You’ll be working in a team of 8 in a relaxed environment and collaborating with a remote team in Oxford, UK. You get to choose your tools (e.g. Mac or PC) and the software that you use, there’s also an opportunity for travel if you want it. 
If you’re dreams are filled by IPO or VC funding then this probably isn’t the job for you but if you like science and would enjoy working with some smart people on some genuinely interesting problems then get in touch.

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